Housing Overview

Fort Buchanan does not provide privatized housing. Las Colinas and Coconut Grove housing offers 90 units serving the Fort Buchanan Army base. Units range from 2 through 4 bedrooms. Fort Buchanan is adjacent to the city of Guaynabo and Bayamon with its abundance of recreational opportunities for military families. Several must-see attractions island wide include the El Morro Fort, Old San Juan, The Camuy Caverns, and El Yunque Rain Forest.


To see pictures of Family Housing furnishings please click the link on the images above.

Eligibility for Family Housing furnishings.
  (1) Personnel residing in Government-controlled Family housing are eligible for furnishings support.
  (2) Personnel assigned to foreign areas are eligible for furnishings support if in the following categories:
      (a) Personnel with command-sponsored Family members.
      (b) Appropriated and nonappropriated fund DOD U.S. citizen civilian personnel recruited in the United            States.
  (3) Personnel limited to an administrative weight allowance for HHG are authorized full furniture support.
  (4) Military and civilian personnel listed in paragraph 3–70d(2), traveling under full JFTR or JTR weight allowance, respectively, may be provided temporary furniture support (loaner sets) at their overseas station when their household goods (HHG) are in transit (that is, in- and out-bound). Types and amounts issued may be limited and may not consist of a complete furniture set as authorized by CTA 50–909. Maximum time for use of loaner sets is 90 days for in-bound personnel and 60 days for out-bound personnel. The furnishings manager may extend this period if in-bound HHG shipments are delayed beyond 90 days.
  (5) Personnel who placed a portion of their HHG in CONUS non-temporary storage will not receive a like item from the Government furniture inventory. 86 AR 420–1, 12 February 2008/RAR 24 August 2012. Government quarters are equipped with refrigerator, stove, washer, and dryer. Per 420-1, where Government equipment is provided OCONUS, the overseas shipment of similar personal items of household equipment is prohibited.

Inspections (On Post/Off Post)

On Post Inspections:
Check-in inspection. Occupancy of the DU is contingent upon completion of a mutual inspection of the DU, its grounds, and its furnishings by the prospective resident and the housing manager’s representative. Conditions at check in will be noted on the check-in portion of the condition report which is developed locally.

Pre-termination inspection.
Residents will notify the housing office upon receipt of PCS orders or 30–45 days before departure, whichever is most appropriate, to schedule termination inspections and, where contract cleaning is done at Government expense, to arrange for contract cleaning. A pre-termination inspection may be conducted approximately 30 days prior to the inspection.

Termination inspection.
The termination inspection is jointly conducted by the resident and a housing representative using the termination section of the condition report after housing is vacated but prior to formal termination of assignment. It ensures that the appropriate cleaning standards have been met and provides for any necessary action for claims against the resident (see DA Pam 420–1–1). If the DU fails the inspection, a reinspection is scheduled at the earliest mutually

Off Post Inspections
Move In Inspections are offered to service members who are inbound to Ft. Buchanan.
Move Out Inspections are offered to service members who had a Move In Inspection completed prior to moving in.
Inspections are completed only on Wednesdays and are required to be scheduled in a timely manner.
The Housing Division Representative (HDR) can attend inspections that are in compliance with the Housing Market Analysis Boundary defined as of August 2012.
Inspections are completed to ensure that service members are renting homes that are safe and within military standards. Inspections also ensure that a property is returned in the same or better conditions as when initially rented. Service member, owner/official representative/realtor broker, and the HDR are required to be present at the time of the inspection.

Housing Request

Concurrent/Deferred Travel

The following documents are required to request concurrent/deferred travel to either Government Quarters or the local economy prior to your move:
  DA Form 5888 Family Member Deployment Screening Sheet
  DA Form 4787 Reassignment Processing
  DD Form 1746 Application for Assignment to Housing(On and Off Post)
  Copy of Official Orders


Overseas Housing Allowance

The Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) is paid to Service members living in private housing at overseas duty stations. OHA helps offset housing costs, consisting of rent, utility and recurring maintenance expenses. The entitlement is based on service member’s grade/rank and locality. Please note that the OHA is a ceiling. If you exceed the maximim amount, the extra money comes out of pocket. Service Members who are on inbound orders will recieve a one time fee of Move-In housing allowance (MIHA).

To commence OHA, please follow these procedures:
Submit DD form 2367 Individual Overseas Housing Allowance, Copy of Official Orders, DA Form 5960, Lease Contract or Settlement Statement (as it applies to you) to the Housing Office for Housing Office signature.

Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)

Incoming Temporary Lodging Allowance

Upon arrival, it is your responsibility to aggressively seek permanent private sector housing. TLA is submitted in increments up to (15) days not exceed (60) days. TLA is a reimbursement. Service Members are required to present receipts that reflect the days being claimed are paid for with zero balance receipts. TLA reimbursement for a single/unaccompanied service member is (65%) of per diem rate per duty location for meals and lodging. A member is not required to report progress in obtaining permanent private sector housing when it is known that the member is to be assigned to Government Quarters

Departing Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)

Upon receipt of Permanent Change of Station orders, Service Member is entitled to (10) days outgoing TLA if residing off post and (3) days if residing in Government Quarters.

Reporting Procedures

Service Members are required to in process through the Housing Office which takes place Monday through Friday from 0700-1500. In processing should not take more than one day as long as the correct documentation is provided.
Service member is required to provide the following documents:
   Official Orders
   DA Form 31
   Certification of Signing In for Duty

Temporary Lodging Facility

El Caney IHG Army Hotel consists of 75 rooms with four different room types; Deluxe Single (Queen bed, working desk), Deluxe Double (Two queen beds and kitchenette), Junior Suite (Studio with one queen bed and kitchenette), and VIP Suite (Living room, mini bar, bedroom with one queen bed and kitchenette). All of our rooms have coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. Our on-Post accommodations are convenient as the facility is located across the street from the Community Club & Conference Center and within walking distance from the Commissary, Post Exchange and PXtra. El Caney Lodge at Fort Buchanan offers daily complimentary Breakfast (6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.), on post shuttle service, Free Wireless High Speed Internet, Business Center, Guest Laundry, Free DVD Rentals and a Kid's Playground. All of our rooms are pet friendly, but an initial non-refundable pet fee of $75 is charged upon arrival and starting from the 6th night, a daily pet fee in the amount of $7 will be charged. Guests will also benefit from IHG's Priority Club Rewards Program - members will receive a 2PM check out time when available, and earn points for their stays at Fort Buchanan that can be used on over 4,400 off-post hotels worldwide.


El Caney Lodge welcomes all active duty, retired military personnel, DoD personnel and their families.


Reservations may be done as early as 50 weeks in advance. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m. Cancellations may be done 24hrs prior to the arrival date no later than 4:00 p.m. local time. For reservation please call 787-792-7977 or go on line at www.IHGarmyhotels.com


For an overview of the local community and general highlights of living there, i.e., historic/tourist sites, theme parks, hiking/camping and/or hunting/fishing, shopping, theater/performing arts, etc.

For more information please visit the following sites:



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Frequently Asked Questions

Related Links

Defense Travel Management Office/Per Diem

Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

Automated Housing Referral Network

DoD program providing access to rental properties when you move.